What is crazy is ruining such an important bio diverse environment. Along with changing the lives of the indigenous people some of which have had no contact with the outside world, to produce an archaic form of fuel!
Is there no end to the greed and stupidity of the oil companies?
"In just one hectare in Yasuní, there are more tree, shrub and liana (woody vines) species than anywhere else in the world," said Gorky Villa, an Ecuadorian botanist working with both the Smithsonian Institution and Finding Species.
"Exploring areas where virtually nothing is known about the reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates inevitably leads to some exciting discoveries. For instance, this is a snail-sucking snake of the genus Sibynomorphus that we captured in the dry forest in western Ecuador. We arrived on this site at 7:38 PM. By 8:00 PM, we found this snake, which may be an entirely new species to science.Frogs such as this species of Pristimantis are numerous in some extremely rare and rapidly disappearing habitats. We have over 30 species of these frogs for which we have been unable to identify to species. Many are likely new to science, but without our efforts they might be lost before ever being discovered.
We have amassed over 800 species of unidentified invertebrates as part of our work in Ecuador. We are now busy identifying them, and have already identified four new species and a new genus of stick insect known only from our photos and specimens."
Quote from biodiversitygroup.org